proto-type

Following in the footsteps of last week's maker market I have another event to tickle your fancy: Paul Owen (Owen Architecture) + Dan Pike have come together to create proto-type, an 'independent experiment to discover a viable way to make / sell work within Brisbane / Queensland.'

Home by Six pilot chapter: the precursor to a domestic architecture book that draws its content from interviews with clients and their architects, telling the stories of their homes in their own words. $5.00. Photo: Capital P

Home by Six pilot chapter: the precursor to a domestic architecture book that draws its content from interviews with clients and their architects, telling the stories of their homes in their own words. $5.00. Photo: Capital P

NP/3-4 print designed by The Letter D and pressed by The Hungry Workshop. $44.00. Photo: Capital P

NP/3-4 print designed by The Letter D and pressed by The Hungry Workshop. $44.00. Photo: Capital P

Easel designed by Paul Owen. $300. Photo: Paul Owen

Easel designed by Paul Owen. $300. Photo: Paul Owen

Suit horse designed by Paul Owen. $900. Photo: Paul Owen

Suit horse designed by Paul Owen. $900. Photo: Paul Owen

Limited edition Floodmarker linen / cotton tea towel designed by The Letter D. Photo: Capital P

Limited edition Floodmarker linen / cotton tea towel designed by The Letter D. Photo: Capital P

Third year robe (re-incarnated as a wall lamp) designed by Paul Owen. Photo: Paul Owen

Third year robe (re-incarnated as a wall lamp) designed by Paul Owen. Photo: Paul Owen

Garment robe designed by Paul Owen. $400. Photo: Paul Owen

Garment robe designed by Paul Owen. $400. Photo: Paul Owen

The official blurb sums up the concept perfectly; 'proto-type is an event, where locally designed + made, affordable furniture + small-run publishing is available for sale over a weekend. It is a micro-industry of local design / making / selling / self-making / self-publishing.'

I am genuinely excited to discover this collection of products that is so clearly informed by the environment in which they were conceived. The robes + suit horse make perfect sense within the context of a typical, wardrobe-less, 'Queenslander' home whilst the Floodmarker tea towel tells a story unique to Brisbane. I also have to admit, as a renter with too much art for the pre-existing hooks in my home, the leaning easel holds a lot of appeal!

I asked Paul how the concept for the even came about + how long it took to bring to fruition, 'Dan + I have been working this for about eighteen months. At Owen and Vokes and Peters we've always designed furniture pieces as part of a commission process - a few years ago it occurred to me it would be fun to make some of this work available to the public in a weekend-sausage-sizzle context. At a talk given in our office, Dan spoke about his Capital P. side-project - a small run printing / publishing venture. It occurred to me we had similar ideas + we should get together + make the proto-type thing happen.'

Some of the printed pieces are available online via Capital P.'s online store however, in the first instance, the furniture will be available only at the event. 'This enables us to get on with our core-work at Owen and Vokes and Peters + The Letter D - without having to manage a second business! The idea is an experiment at this stage so we'll see what happens,' says Paul.

Do pop in + check it all out for yourself at one of the two events happening this weekend (or both if you're really keen).

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Wine / Chees Friday night
19 July 2013, 6pm - late
King George Chambers
500 George Street, Brisbane
(opposite the Transit Centre)

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Beer / Skittles Saturday afternoon
20 July 2013, 12-6pm
Toby Scott Studio
515B Sandgate Road, Clayfield
(cnr Reeve and Barlow Streets)

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I'd also recommend following both these guys on Instagram for a bit of suburban-scenery-made-beautiful, some clever wordplay + the odd shot of Dan on the back of Country Style...